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Plagiarism Theme Page

This "Theme Page" has links to information about Plagiarism. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) and reference materials to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme. Please read our disclaimer.

[An] Antidote to Plagiarism
A lesson and activity that will show grade 5-10 students how to write a research paper without copying.

Anti-Plagiarism Strategies for Research Papers
The author offers strategies that teachers can adopt to combat plagiarism including specific suggestions for becoming more aware, prevention, and detection.

Avoiding Plagiarism
Brought to you by Purdue University Online Writing Lab, this handout provides a succinct description of how students can avoid plagiarism. Includes exercises.

Articles and News, a commerical deterrent/detection service, offer links to 20 articles that have appeared in the news media/on the Internet. Most focus on describing the problem but there are also a few that offer solution guidelines. Caution: a number of dead links were encountered when this site was reviewed.

Cut-and-Paste Plagiarism: Preventing, Detecting and Tracking Online Plagiarism
Here's an online article for educators that defines plagiarism, offers prevention suggestions, gives detective tips, and describes ways to track it down. Included within the article is a list of some of the sources of plagiarized papers so that you can become familiar with them. The author suggests that one way of detecting a plagiarized paper is to identify unusual keywords or unique phrases in the paper and then conduct a web search for those words through a large search engine.

LM_NET is a discussion group dedicated to school library media specialists. This link is to their FAQ page where you'll find a posting (#17) by Carolyn Gierke listing over 20 sites that may provide resources for students looking to acquire papers. Teachers concerned that their students might be submitting such papers could browse through these sites to become familiar with them and their offerings. If you're looking for commercial vendors who can help you identify plagiarized materials, be sure to check out the "Other Suggested Sites" section in Carolyn's list.

On Plagiarism
From, this section for teachers and students describes what plagiarism is, some of the challenges created by the web, how teachers can meet those challenges, responsible use of resources, and sample policies. Includes checklist and forms to help students avoid plagiarism.

Plagiarism and the Web
Ten practical suggestions for teachers trying to deal with plagiarism. Included are a number of suggestions which recognize that paper mills exist on the web (a short list is included) and then use that presence as a learning tool for the students.

Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It
This resource for students includes examples of acceptable and unacceptable paraphrases as well as strategies they could employ to avoid plagiarism.

Ten Big Myths about Copyright Explained
Brad Templeton explains the fallacy behind common myths about copyright including issues associated with Internet articles and newsgroup postings.

Writing: Plagiarism Advice for Lessons
This site offers teachers 18 suggestions they could adopt to teach students about plagiarism and how to avoid it.

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